The untimely demise of Aritry Adhikary, a ninth-grader of Viqarunnisa Noon School & College was saddening for our nation as a whole. Her tragic death should serve as a wake-up call for us. It is high time to rethink our schooling system and our upbringing of our children. Peer (and parental) pressure is leading our children to focus only on results, such as maintaining a GPA 5 at every level of their education.
Nowadays, educational institutions only focus on extracting good CGPAs out of students, and not on enhancing the creativity and psychosomatic development of children. Why do our teachers, who are the artisans of nation building, emphasise only on bookish knowledge? To garner the best out of our children, teachers and parents should have a sound knowledge of child psychology and know how to behave with children. Teachers should be trained on the fundamentals of child development and taught to develop effective relationships with them. Counselling centers should be set up for this in schools and colleges. To ensure the mental, physical, and intellectual development and quality education of children, the government should enforce these basic principles in educational institutions. If we don't want to prevent more cases like that of Aritry, we must find effective means to address the problems before it is too late.
Mithun Kumar Koch
University of Dhaka